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Choosing the right school to pursue your goals as a commercial diver is the most important career decision you'll make. Find out what it takes! Select a challenging career with CDA.
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CDA Technical Institute (CDA) is the only fully-accredited diver training program with IMCA-recognized training, on-campus housing and a full meal plan.
CDA offers a comprehensive and rigorous 20 week program. Become a world class diver. A CDA diver.
And so the adventure begins...
Not everyone is cut out to be a commercial diver/underwater welder. Do you have what it takes for this career?
Age: 18 or older
Ability to Swim: Yes
Mechanical Ability: Yes
High school GRAD or GED: YES
To be a commercial diver, you could be working in confined space, dark water, limited visibility. The career requires commitment, dedication, and a strong work ethic.
All students at CDA must be 18 years of age, have a strong work ethic, be in good physical condition, have completed high school, (or earned a GED) and pass an entracne interview. Want to get started? You can apply now!
Mechanical skills are a must
Having passed the requirements, the candidate is accepted as one of the elite students at CDA Technical Institute.
Course Work: Rigorous and comprehensive. Be prepared for long days of classwork, practical applications, and studying.
Course work includes all CSA standards for DCBC certification:
Diving Physiology, Decompression, & Emergency Management Procedures
Diving Equipment, Systems, & Procedures
Practical Use of Diving Equipment
Diving Hazards & Legislation
Diver Communication Systems
Underwater Inspections & Searches
Hand & Power Tools
Water Jetting, Airlifts, Venturi Dredges, & Lift Bags
Cutting & Welding Equipment
Underwater Construction Techniques
Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
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Dive Medicine: Covers Physiology, Decompression, HazMat and Safety.
Top Side Training teaches diver communications
CDA's Blackwater training fully prepares you for the real world conditions of a commercial diver.
CDA offers 3,000 minutes of bottom time, deep water as well as rigorous training in a dark, swift tidal current, limited visibility environment. Learn more about what makes CDA better.
After 20 weeks of hard work with experienced instructors, you are a world class diver ... a CDA diver!
20 weeks later ...
Graduation Day ...
CDA offers career assistance and we invite dive companies to visit CDA to recruit our graduates. CDA has a full-time career services coordinator who works closely with each graduate to ensure their success. Have more questions? Check out our FAQs.